A new podcast from NITV reveals frightening and compelling encounters with spirits on the other side.
The Indigenous Ghost Stories podcast is hosted by Luke Briscoe a proud Yalanji man from Northern Australia and a digital producer at NITV. His traditional lands extend from Julay Wurra (Daintree) through to the Kuburri Wurra (Mossman Gorge) and he is passionate about sharing deeper understandings of his Yalanji culture in the media industry.
“Communicating with spirits is a big part of Yalanji culture and is passed onto us as kids."
“Communicating with spirits is a big part of Yalanji culture and is passed onto us as kids. Everywhere you go as a Yalanji person you need to be fully aware of the spirits around you and if you follow the correct protocols they [the spirits] can protect you, even if you’re standing on someone else’s Country. My own encounters with spirits at a young age have shaped me as an adult and even at times, this ability has protected me from dangerous situations. In this series you will find people share these similar insights and understandings into the spirit world and their cultures,” says Mr. Briscoe.
“It may surprise some to know that our spiritual beliefs are recognised by governments internationally within The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in fact the right to our spiritual beliefs is mentioned eight times in The Declaration. So, we need to ask ourselves why it is so hard for people to believe in spirits when it's recognised by the United Nations?
I created this series to have an important discussion about this vitally important aspect of First Nations culture which is hardly understood and/or misinterpreted by historians, the media and religious groups.
"I created this series to have an important discussion about this vitally important aspect of First Nations culture which is hardly understood and/or misinterpreted by historians, the media and religious groups.” This series is all about reclaiming those traditions and stories which have been exploited and misinterpreted by Hollywood,” said Mr Briscoe.
In this podcast series, four First Nation community members share their own personal relationships with spirits, land, and culture.
EPISODE ONE: Zack James
Available on Monday, 26th October
Zack James is Wongi, Yamatji and Murri man is a well-known actor who recently featured on NITV’s own reality ghost series The Shadow Trackers. Mr James felt he was compelled to share more details about the spiritual encounters and paranormal activities that happened off the screen as it still haunts him today.
EPISODE TWO: Samantha McMurry
Available on Saturday, 31st October
Samantha MacMurray is a First Nations woman from Armidale who throughout her childhood continues to see a big black figure liked a hooded man and now in her adult years has begun to embrace her culture and belief in spirits on the other side.
Episode Three: Casey Abraham
Available on Monday, 2nd November
Casey Abraham is a Noongar woman from Western Australia and she has had spiritual encounters since the age of 12 years and has grown to embrace this gift which has provided safety from harmful spirits.
Episode Four: Belinda Huntress
Available on Saturday, 7th November
First Nations woman, Belinda Huntress shares a personal experience living in a haunted house and provides advice on protecting you and your family against evil spirits.
Indigenous Ghost Stories is a paranormal series that explores our relationship with spirits, land, and culture and episode one featuring Zac James will be available to stream on Spotify, iTunes, and NITV on Monday, October 26.